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Old 07-02-2017, 04:52 PM   #1
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Can I tow a Jeep behind my 38RD?

OK, all, it's time for you to break my heart. I have a sad, sick compulsion to buy a Jeep Wrangler 2 door to tow behind my RW 38RD. My '17 Dodge 3500 4X4 w/4:10 rear is rated for 38,000 tow capacity, and our combined weight right now is under 27,000, so I'm not worried about the 4000 pound weight of a loaded Jeep. I figure on only towing through the wide open spaces, and letting my wife drive the jeep to scout things out when we are in cities or on tight, windy roads.

Unfortunately, the tow hitch on our RW is only rated for 3000 lbs, and has a nifty little warning on it about not modifying the hitch or else. What are the ramifications of upgrading to a heavier duty hitch, aside from voiding the warranty?
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:06 PM   #2
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Being over length for most states (seems to average max 65 feet)
and possible too much pull on the rear lever of your overhang behind your axles...
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Old 07-02-2017, 06:06 PM   #3
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OK, all, it's tim JNe for you to break my heart. I have a sad, sick compulsion to buy a Jeep Wrangler 2 door to tow behind my RW 38RD. My '17 Dodge 3500 4X4 w/4:10 rear is rated for 38,000 tow capacity, and our combined weight right now is under 27,000, so I'm not worried about the 4000 pound weight of a loaded Jeep. I figure on only towing through the wide open spaces, and letting my wife drive the jeep to scout things out when we are in cities or on tight, windy roads.

Unfortunately, the tow hitch on our RW is only rated for 3000 lbs, and has a nifty little warning on it about not modifying the hitch or else. What are the ramifications of upgrading to a heavier duty hitch, aside from voiding the warranty?
I don't know the particulars; however, at the Redwood Rally two years ago, we met a couple who were towing a Jeep Wrangler behind their Redwood. They were full-timers and travelled extensively.

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Old 07-03-2017, 01:53 AM   #4
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I believe there are three on here that tow behind their RW and they should reply soon. Atom Ant also is a previous owner and I believe he towed one behind his. As for myself....I towed a Jeep behind our MH for about 10 years but is scares me a little to much to tow behind the RW due to the length. Guess I am just getting older.

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Old 07-03-2017, 05:15 PM   #5
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I towed a TJ (97 Wrangler) behind our Redwood for just a little while before we traded. Eventually I would have strengthened the hitch using Titan Guy's approach when he did it (additional gussets at the hitch and where it attaches to the frame). Also I was planning to strengthen the spring hangers or install the X-Factor by Moryde because the side pull in town when turning is pretty tough on those cheesy hangers. We did that to our last fiver when pulling a boat after the spring hangers bent.

It actually towed nice. I installed a camera so I could watch it.
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Old 07-04-2017, 01:24 AM   #6
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We are one that tows a Jeep

We were at the Rally 2 years ago--towing our Jeep. We have been towing a jeep behind our 5th wheels for over 10+ years.

Every time this comes up, I start my response carefully. This is a controversial topics on forums. We currently tow our Jeep Wrangler behind our 38RL. We love having the jeep with us. I can't imagine not having it at this point. We are able to go scout sites in a campground and we have done Great 4-wheeling across the country. As we drive around the country, we are convinced that one of us driving and the other navigating and helping watch traffic is much safer than 2 different vehicles with both of us lost.

Like Brad, we also installed a back up camera... so we can see that it is still back there. Our mileage is the same with it or without it. We have been in 44 states in the last 4 years and pulled in all of them. We have talked with law enforcement and DOT officials. We have been told, repeatedly, that if we are driving safely; most police don't care. However, if we are ever in an accident... we will be the one that everyone is going to blame. It is not as if we can hide this thing, we pass police and they pass us.

There is no question we are past the length limit in many states. Some states do not allow "triple towing". We were with another couple in a Solitude 5th wheel towing their Smart car. Twice they were chased down on the New York turnpike and told to unhook. EVERY time we go through turnpike, we tell them we have a jeep back there. We pay for it. Never once have been been told to unhook.

If we were ever stopped and told to unhook, we would and then Lisa would drive Jeep. It would be an easy unhook. (Takes about 5 minutes to hook and unhook) If they gave us a ticket, we would pay it, what we save in gas and stress would be worth it for us.

Feel free to ask any questions.

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Old 07-04-2017, 01:28 AM   #7
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I forgot to attach the photo.

RW full length picture (4).jpg
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Old 07-05-2017, 04:16 AM   #8
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I have our 2016 Focus set up to tow behind the RL. Haven't yet, but will be in October when we go south. Set up the same as behind a gas motorhome. Blue Or baseplate and tow are and a SMI brake system.

Not expecting any issues at all.
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Vaughn you think that new hitch will handle the weight LOL
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Old 07-06-2017, 12:24 PM   #10
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LOL, yeah Shane, I think I'll be fine. Have run everything over CAT Scale and the whole mess should be about 31k. Truck is good for 33,100 GCWR according to Ford.
Will be a little long though ..... somewhere around 71'
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